ERIC Number: ED206431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Mobile Remedial Unit in South-West Queensland. Priority Country Area Program Evaluation Series: Report No. 6.
Briody, P. M.
Data for evaluation of the Mobile Remedial Unit, instituted to assist approximately 250 isolated Queensland children with learning difficulties during 1978 and 1979, were obtained by visits to 10 schools; discussions with principals, teachers, administrators, and the 2 mobile remedial teachers; document analysis; and travel with a remedial teacher and mobile unit for 1 week to 5 schools. In 1977, because of distances between centres where remedial teachers were stationed in South-West Queensland, only 9 of 38 primary schools (Years 2 through 7) had access to a remedial teacher; no assistance was available for Primary Correspondence School pupils. Consequently, 2 itinerant remedial teachers with a mobile resources unit were provided, and visited each of 11 schools every 5 (1978) or 3 (1979) weeks to: (1) identify students with learning difficulties; (2) develop and implement programs for remediation; (3) assist teachers by serving as resource persons in classrooms, program development, and recommending resources for exceptional learners. The service was generally successful; reading ability improved for 6 of 12 Year 3 pupils. Reactions to the program were positive; principals suggested more frequent visits would be beneficial. About 15-20% of parents contacted the remedial teacher regularly; greater involvement of parents was recommended. (AW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Correspondence Study, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Itinerant Teachers, Learning Disabilities, Mobile Classrooms, Mobile Educational Services, Outreach Programs, Parent Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Remedial Reading, Remedial Teachers, Resource Teachers, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Schools Commission, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Priority Country Area Program Office, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia